GE13: Malaysians need a better government – Concerned Citizens

KUALA LUMPUR: A group of ‘Concerned Citizens’ says Malaysians need a better government and good governance, especially in these tumultuous times of heightened racial discord and religious hatred and extremism.

It has issued a statement calling on Malaysians to vote “without fear against racial and religious extremists to ensure your family’s future”.

It is signed by 13 people including some notable personalities. The signatories are: Ahmad Farouk Musa, Arshad Raji, Azmi Sharom, K. J. John, Koon Yew Yin, Lim Teck Ghee, Masjaliza Hamzah, Raja Petra Kamarudin, Ramon Navaratnam, Syed Ibrahim Syed Noh, Thasleem Mohamed Ibrahim, S Thayaparan and Zaid Ibrahim.

The group called for all Malaysians to vote for:
* a moral government that will aid the struggle for justice, equality and democracy
* clean politicians to fight corruption and abuse of power
* a strong opposition to act as an effective check and balance
* responsible politicians who fight for social justice and the rights of the rakyat

“We are a group of Malaysians from diverse ethnicities, religions and backgrounds including military, academic, business, professional and the not-for-profit sector. We have been drawn together by our love for our country and our concern that this general election may see further setbacks in our aspiration for a better society.

“If we succeed, we can be a modest example for the rest of the world in the way we tackle our racial and religious differences and in our resolve and actions to ensure social justice and the fair distribution of the wealth of our land.

“Past governments and politicians have too often failed us by abusing the public treasury for private gain, by concentrating wealth and power in the hands of a few, and by debasing our democratic rights. For some years now, we have been one of the top countries in the world in terms of illicit outflows of money. According to Global Financial Integrity, the total 10-year estimate of financial outflow for Malaysia was RM871.4 billion for 2000-2010. No country in the world can afford such a high level of capital flight.

The coming elections provides us an opportunity to exercise our individual and collective right to decide on who will lead this country in the next five years and manage our finances, economy and society in a fair and just manner. If we choose badly we will have only ourselves to blame,” the Concerned Citizens said.